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of america. every time you come to this floor it's a question, why are we here? we are here to do the people's work. let's sit down. get it done. and move forward. instead of filling the agenda however worthy some of those initiatives may be, instead of not along with passing a middle income tax -- this is also reminiscent of a year ago. the president proposed, the house and senate, democrats and republicans, voted for the payroll tax holiday. the republicans in the house resisted. painted themselves into a corner until they had no choice. the issue had been made too hot for them to handle and they finally had to come around to supporting the payroll tax holiday. and here we are again. 100% of the american people will receive a tax cut when we pass the middle income tax cut. the wealthiest people in our country will receive a tax cut up to their income of $250,000. we are asking them to pay a little bit more for what they make over $250,000 a year. to help reduce the deficit, to help grow the economy, grow the economy. that growth is what is essential. you want to reduce the deficit, create
cliff today, but gun violence is another area in america where it seems we can't have a discussion without delusional claims of overreach and taking away hunting rifles. congress won't even allow statistics on gun violence to be gathered, and we certainly have made no progress towards closing the gun show loophole. i come to the floor with a small array of hope. with nearly half of all military sue sides are committed with privately owned weapons, the pentagon and congress are moving towards establishing policies to separate at-risk service members from personal private weapons. congress is poised to enact legislation to end a prohibition about the military collecting information about firearms kept at home. these are simple commonsense steps for an armed services where more military personnel take their own life than who die in battle. perhaps if we can take these reasonable steps to protect our servicemen and their families, perhaps we can have the courage to treat the epidemic of gun violence with the same thoughtful small steps when it comes to protecting the rest of our famili
action. viagra. talk to your doctor. see if america's most prescribed ed treatment is right for you. >>> we are a government of laws, not of men. those are the words of associate justice to the supreme court, antonin scalia. scalia said that and a whole lot more during a headline grabbing appearance at princeton university that included a q&a session with students. it was then scalia was asked about his past writings on gay rights, including a 2003 case, lawrence versus texas which likened sodomy to among other incomparables, bestiality and incest. in that high case the court ruled that states can not outlaw sodomy among consenting adults of the same sex. disagreeing, scalia wrote in part, texas' prohibition of sodomy is unsupported by a rational relation to a legislate state interest nor denies the equal protection of the laws. emphasis added. i dissent. scalia continues the texas statute seeks to further the belief of the citizens that certain forms of sexual behaviors are immoral and unacceptable. the same interest furthered by criminal laws against fornication, bigamy, adultery
depression. i am thinking how much we had to pull the belt then. i think that if america would wake up and see that we do have to, the first thing that we have to do as citizens is stop spending. if the government would abide by the things that we did during the depression, neighbors helping neighbors, i want to continue with -- fortunately, my husband and i made plans, even though he started give it -- getting social security in 1936 when i was in grade school, we both worked, of course, and we paid into it. so, i do not know that anyone needs to give up anything, if the government would just cut the spending and use the taxes that we give them fiscally. that is all i have to say. host: let me ask you this. we are looking at stories in the news this morning about compromise and stories on the table. as republicans look to democrats and democrats look to republicans to give something up, should the american people be asked to give up something? caller code probably so, but it is so needless when i think over the years about how much -- we did not have a lot of money. we did not have cr
in america for americans, should be dealt with. one that some people want to put on the table really doesn't deal with the deficit at all, and that's social security. so before we even get into this discussion tonight, let's just understand or anybody that cares to take on this issue that in dealing with the fiscal cliff, social security is not the problem. the deficit is not caused by social security. social security has never been and in its present form, will not be part of the deficit issue. it's separate and apart. it is a special program. has its own source of revenue. has its own trust fund and isn't running the deficit at all and has not run a deficit. so let's put social security to the side and say, yes, in the years ahead, maybe even next year, but probably three to four years out, social security will be dealt with, as it must, because we will have to make adjustments. but that is really not the debate about the deficit, sequestration or the fiscal cliff. coming back to the fiscal cliff, let's take up one of the very big programs and i'm not talking about the department of defe
a debt the size of our economy. you cannot solve america's problems. you cannot leave the kind of country behind for our children and grandchildren that our parents left behind for us until you make the entitlement programs meet the demographics of our country. we have known that for years. when are we ever going to make those kind of decisions? we will have another opportunity later, when the debt ceiling issue arrives. when are we going to make this decision? that is our question. this whole discussion -- and admittedly, the president has some advantages, being one messenger. you would think this whole discussion was about nothing other than raising the top two has tax rates. -- two tax rates. that has literally nothing to do with solving the problem. i have been waiting for the president to become serious about solving the problem. i do not know when he is going to become serious. it sounds to me like we are running out of time. we will take our cues from the speaker as to when they are able, if they are able, to reach some kind of agreement. >> the democrats have 50 or more votes. a g
and had 92 e-mails. some from people all over america. the story was picked up by the associated press. i had an e-mail from someone in arizona, alaska, everywhere in the country. on campus though, i have received such supportive comments. it's been really helpful to me. it was a very courageous thing. it took a lot of courage on my part. it's something i was really nervous about doing. something i thought that maybe i wouldn't do. and it's also important to point out that i don't understand why conservatives like scalia don't support gay marriage because i think gay marriage and gay rights as a whole are really consistent with conservative values. conservatives believe in promoting marriage as the bedrock of our society. if we want to pro mote marriage, we should hay low more people to enter it, more people who are committed to each other, who want to make sacrifices to each other. more people who are willing to, you know, spend their lives in these committed relationships. that is a conservative principle. and ultimately i think that that in itself is consistent with conservative values
business entrepreneur of the week. she wanted to introduce this dish to mainstream america. using her former skills as a marketer, she created mother in law's kimchi. the product is now carried in whole foods and fresh markets. for more, watch "your business" this sunday at 7:30 on msnbc. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's worse -- look, our taxes are about to go up. not the taxes on our dividends though, right? that's a big part of our retirement. oh, no, it's dividends, too. the rate on our dividends would more than double. but we depend on our dividends to help pay our bills. we worked hard to save. well, the president and congress have got to work together to stop this dividend tax hike. before it's too late. >>> labor has taken some big losses in the west. most recently michigan yesterday, and the movement now is going to try to get revenge in the elections two years from now. joining me now, politico executive editor and ron mott live in lansing, michigan. first, you, ron mott, the day after the governor rick snyder has signed the right-to-work bi
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